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4-466 To Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby, July 27, 1944
To Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby
July 27,  [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. Hobby,
Your Executive, Colonel Rice, told me this morning that she had talked to you on the phone last evening. I am glad to learn that you are getting along so well. However, I am disturbed that you follow the conventional reaction of all the higher officials in the War Department to the effect that you think a minimum of absence is sufficient for the purpose of a complete rehabilitation.1
Please do not make that mistake, which invariably has serious consequences. Ten days of the present Washington heat will break down a good constitution, let alone someone who has felt the urgent necessity for a rest. It seems to me you should get away to some cool place for a final rest and diversion.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Colonel Hobby had been hospitalized several times during 1944 at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington for “anemia, exhaustion, and a throat ailment which prevented speaking. Eventually Army doctors ordered her for six weeks to Brooke General Hospital in San Antonio and thence to an address known only to her family, with orders that not even policy matters could be communicated to her.” (Treadwell, Women’s Army Corps, p. 719.) On July 27 Lieutenant Colonel Jessie P. Rice, former head of W.A.C. recruiting and deputy director of the Women’s Army Corps since March 1, 1944, notified Marshall’s office that Colonel Hobby had indicated her appreciation for his interest in her health and that her sick leave would terminate about August 14. (Cora E. Thomas to Marshall, July 27, , GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 534-535.